CHICAGO, IL-6. October 2021-Clean Energy Trust announced its $ 200,000 investment in Iowa-based startup Continuum Ag, developer of a software platform that helps farmers manage soil health and implement regenerative farming practices.
Continuum Ag’s TopSoil software integrates agronomic data and gathers the information into an easy-to-understand platform that offers soil information. TopSoil provides benchmarking metrics such as nutrients, organic matter and microbial activity based on different geographies, soil types and cultivation systems.
Clean Energy Trust joins Ag Startup Engine and Ag Ventures Alliance for this for-seed round. The Clean Energy Trust supports startups at an early stage in the greater Midwest, working on solutions for clean energy, decarbonization and environmental sustainability. The Ag Startup Engine at Iowa State University Research Park invests in early-stage agricultural start-ups, and the Ag Ventures Alliance is a cooperative of farmers investing in new technology and innovation to increase agricultural profitability.
“Continuum Ag provides the agricultural community with the technical expertise and functional insights needed for a rapid and cost-effective implementation of regenerative agricultural practices,” said Erik Birkerts, CEO of Clean Energy Trust. “We are particularly excited about the positive environmental impact Continuum can alleviate by helping farmers collect carbon in their soil and participate in carbon markets.”
“Growing up on a farm in Washington, Iowa, I understand the importance of both economic resilience and environmental sustainability,” said Mitchell Hora, founder and CEO of Continuum Ag. “I appreciate the support of Clean Energy Trusts and look forward to working with them to continue to expand our reach through technological insights to improve the health of the earth.”
With this support, Continuum Ag will expand their team and expand its offerings to large corporate customers.
About Clean Energy Trust
Clean Energy Trust provides catalytic capital and support for early start-ups in the Greater Midwest region of the United States, working on solutions for clean energy, decarbonization and environmental sustainability. Based in Chicago, Clean Energy Trust invests in and provides hands-on support to help such startups scale and succeed. To date, Clean Energy Trust has helped its 37 portfolio companies raise $ 34 additional investment for every $ 1 Clean Energy Trust has invested. Clean Energy Trust is proud that 60% of its portfolio companies have female or minority founders. Learn more at www.CleanEnergyTrust.org
About Continuum Ag
Continuum Ag is a data research company on soil and catalyst for sustainable agriculture. Their mission is to help 1 million farmers earn on improved soils. Continuum’s TopSoil Tool is the first platform for soil health data and scales the science of farmers and their advisors can optimize the art of the agent. Equipped with insightful insights into the health of the earth, TopSoil Network members realize economic resilience and environmental sustainability, and they open up new revenue streams to invest in their family farms. Check out the system at https://topsoil.ag or learn more at continuum.ag
Amy Yanow Fairbanks, Clean Energy Trust